Events


  • Escape Room at Cromwell's House

    Every Saturday and Sunday at 11.00 am, 12.30 pm, 2.00 pm and 3.30 pm.  We can also accommodate weekdays and hours outside those stated.  Please contact us to discuss further.

    Gather friends, family or colleagues together and see how well you work together in this fun but challenging activity that will be a talking point for weeks to come. This is the perfect activity to celebrate a special occasion such as a birthday or anniversary or just an excuse for a memorable activity.

    A group of Royalist supporters have been captured by a detachment of Cromwell's troop and are being held temporarily under armed guard in the Tithe Room of Cromwell's former house. However, one of the guards is a Royalist sympathiser himself and has hidden a set of clues in the room along with a key. 

    The group's mission is to locate the clues, solve puzzles and ultimately find the golden key which will allow them to make good their escape. You have 60 minutes to complete the mission and escape otherwise the guards will return.

    Popular in various countries across the world, Escape Rooms have become the "must do" activity and is one of the latest trends to hit the UK. Oliver Cromwell’s House is very excited to be able to bring this bespoke Escape Room challenge to Ely.

    Sessions are priced at £80 and are ideally suited for between 4 and 8 people. To find out more then please click on the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs).

    The activity also lends itself to the corporate market, work parties or even young people's parties (aged 13 to 16).  To discuss your requirements, please call tic@eastcambs.gov.uk or call us on 01353 662062.

     

     

     

     

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  • "The Life and Times of 'Orrible Oliver Cromwell" with Professor A Bismal

    Every Thursday in August at 11.30am

    Shout it loud and shout it proud: Profesor Arthur Bismal returns (like a persistent rash) to Oliver Cromwell's House and this time, he's taking on the Man of the House!

    Behold, Professor A Bismal's own words


    "You've no doubt heard the name Oliver Cromwell, and you've probably visited his house. However I would argue that you've never heard the truth about 'Orrible Oliver Cromwell! 

    Did he really ban christmas?!

    What was Cromwell's favourite meal?

    Did he actually fight in the English Civil Wars?

    What did they actually do to him after he died? and....

    Is he still hanging around in his former home?!"

    Book now and discover all about Professor A Bismal, the one they warned you about!  The tour is suitable for people ages 6 to 106 years of age. Children must be accompanied by an adult.  All tickets priced £4 per person.  Please book on-line or for further information call 01353 662062.

  • Summer Guided Walks

    Every Saturday and Sunday from 22nd July until 3rd September 2017 at 11.30am

    This Summer, discover Ely as never before. Ely's Tourist Information Centre with Oliver Cromwell's House presents a series of weekend guided walks of Ely, covering a variety of subjects and with the wonderful knowledge of our Guides, you'll see Ely as you've never seen it before.

    The current list of topics that will be covered are as follows:

    Riverside Walk

    This expanded tour takes in the city centre as well as the stunning views.  Learn about the draining of the fens, the life of the Fen Folk and how the river serves visitors and residents today. This is a rare opportuniy to experience Ely's captivating riverside with the additional information provided by one of our experienced guides.

    Monastic Ely

    Discover and explore the grounds of the largest group of medieval monastic buildings still in residential use  and listen to tales of monks and royalty as you are guided through Ely's rich ecclesiastical history, encampuslated in some of the most magnificent monastic buildings in the country.

    City of Ely

    What better way of discovering the history of this magnificent city than being guided around its splendid array of medieval paths and monastic buildings. Discover the origins of the Cathedral and the importance of trade in this former Isle of Eels. 

    Eel Heritage Walk

    Discover the importance of the Eel trade and how it shaped the history of this beautiful city.  Marvel at the artworks connected to our Eel Heritage along the way and see Ely with a whole new perspective, with the aid of our knowledgable guide.

    Architecture of Ely

    Discover the wealth of architecture of some of Ely’s period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide. Ely is truly a magical mix of buildings constructed in dramatically different periods of British History.

     

    For full details of which subject is being covered, please check the .pdf file attatched or contact Ely Tourist Information Centre on 01353 662062 or tic@eastcambs.gov.uk

    Walks will begin from Oliver Cromwell's House. Pre-booking is advised to avoid disappointment.

     

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  • Eerie Ely Guided Ghost Walks

    7th September until 30th November 2017 - Every Thursday at 7pm!

     

    Ely - by day, a tranquil pocket City in the heart of East Anglia. A beautiful riverside and a bustling centre. But by night, the City is a different place.

     

    Join The Night Watchman as he takes you on a tour of Ely by Twilight, exploring the hidden horrors, terrifying tales and things that go bump in the dark.

     

    Tours leave promptly at 7pm from Oliver Cromwell's House and tickets MUST be pre-booked.

     

  • Heritage Weekend Open Night

    Friday 8th September Only

     

    5pm - 8pm (Last Admissions 7pm)

     

    Free Admission 

     

    Visit this impressive historic house at dusk and experience domestic life in the 17th Century in our re-created period rooms. Play with the toys of the times and venture into the Haunted Bedroom if you dare! 

    No pre-booking necessary.

  • Heritage Weekend - Ely Through it's Architecture

    9th September 2017

     

    11.30 am

     

    What better way of discovering the wealth of architecture of some of Ely’s period, historical buildings during this walk with our informed guide.

    Departing from Ely Tourist Information Centre at Oliver Cromwell’s House.  Places must be pre-booked. 

  • Heritage Weekend - Ely Museum Tour

    9th September 2017

     

    11am

     

    Let our knowledgeable guide lead you around Ely Museum exploring the fascinating history of The Old Gaol. Discover fascinating local archaeology, learn about the Fenland landscape and spot Oliver Cromwell’s signature.

    Children can pick up one of our ‘Explorers’ Kits’ from the front desk.

    Places must be pre-booked.

  • Heritage Weekend - Silver Street Cottage No. 7

    10th September 2017

     

    Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 Midday, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

     

    A chance to visit these medieval cottages dating from the 15th Century and view the 16th century first floor wall paintings.

    Places most be pre-booked.

  • Heritage Weekend - Silver Street Cottage No. 9

    10th September 2017 

     

    Tours at 10am, 10.30am, 11am, 11.30am, 12 Midday, 12.30pm, 1pm, 1.30pm, 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

     

    A chance to visit these medieval cottages dating from the 15th Century and view the 16th century first floor wall paintings.

    Places must be pre-booked 

  • Heritage Weekend - The Monastic Barn

    10th September 2017

     

    Tours - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

     

    Situated beside Cherry Hill Park the Monastic Barn was built c.1375 in the reign of Edward III for storage of wheat, malt, salted meat and other foodstuffs.  Now a magnificent dining hall for the Kings School with arched doorways and exposed beamed ceiling.

    Places most be pre-booked

  • Heritage Weekend - Old Porta Tours

    10th September 2017

     

    Tours - 2pm, 2.30pm, 3pm and 3.30pm

     

    Ely Porta was once the main entrance to Ely monastery and through it passed travellers, pilgrims, royalty and local people selling their wares to the monastery.  Today it houses the Kings’ School Library and you can marvel at the architecture of the building and its impressive collection of books.

    Places most be pre-booked

  • An Audience with Jemahl Evans

    Thursday 21st September 2017

     

    7pm - 8.30pm

     

    Oliver Cromwell’s House is proud to host Jemahl Evans, Author of ‘The Last Roundhead’ on the launch of his second novel ‘This Deceitful Light’.

     

    Jemahl will be joining us at Oliver Cromwell’s House for a one off “Audience With” event. This will be your chance to hear Jemahl in conversation and then ask your own questions, before purchasing a copy of his new book, which Jemahl will happily sign and unlike any other appearance, this will take place in an oak-panelled 17th Century room in a building featured in the novel and once inhabited by Oliver Cromwell.

     

    Doors will open at 6.30pm for a prompt 7pm start.

     

    Tickets - £10

  • The 6th Prickwillow Ploughing Festival

    7th and 8th October 2017

     

    Not Just Ploughing but a fabulous fun weekend for all the family including the following; Heavy horses; Vintage/classic tractor ploughing; Working displays, stationary engines and vehicles, Arts & crafts and  trade stands, Bygones/rides

    Live music, family entertainment and activities along with a real ale bar & catering

    Admission on gate £7.50 per day; 2 day festival pass £12.00

    Accompanied children under 16 Free

    Advance purchase 2 day pass for just £10 until September 10th!

     

    Website - www.prickwillowmuseum.com

  • City of Ely Halloween Ghost Tours

    27th. 28th, 29th, 30th and 31st October 2017

     

    What fearful frights await those in Ely after dark? Join us on a guided tour of one of England’s spookiest cities. Discover the ghostly tales of scandal, death and horror on Ely’s medieval streets.

    You’ll see some of the most haunted buildings in what is claimed to be one of England’s spookiest cities whilst hearing about the ghosts that reside within our medieval City.

    Ghost tours with ghostly sightings guaranteed!